Present Simple Wh Questions - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

A Day in the Life of a Football Player

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this entertaining present simple questions activity, students complete a text about a football player's routine on match day by asking and answering 'Wh' questions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students complete the present simple 'Wh' questions they need to find out the missing information in the text on their worksheet. After the questions have been checked, students A and B are paired together. The students then ask their partner the present simple 'Wh' questions they have prepared and complete the gaps in the text with their partner's answers. When the students have finished, they check their texts and spelling by comparing worksheets.
 

At the Party

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable present simple questions activity, students learn how to ask 'Wh' questions about personal information. The class is divided into groups of four and each student is given an identity worksheet. The students' task is to take on the identity of the person on their worksheet and complete the missing information about the other people at the party. Students go around asking present simple 'Wh' questions to the other people in their group and completing their worksheet with the missing information. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on the people they met at the party using the present simple.
 

Habits and Routines

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this present simple questions activity, students ask and answer questions to find people with the same habits and routines. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by making present simple 'Wh' questions from the prompts on the worksheet. The students then answer the questions in the column marked 'You'. When the students have finished, they go around the class asking and answering the questions on their worksheet to find people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same habit or routine, the two students write each other's name in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
 

Information Exchange

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

This useful present simple questions activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer 'Wh' questions with the third-person singular. In the activity, students exchange personal information about four people in order to complete missing information in a chart. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask present simple 'Wh' questions from the prompts to their partner and complete the chart with their answers. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.
 

Information Gathering

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this rewarding present simple questions activity, students find out information about their classmates' habits and routines by asking and answering 'Wh' questions. Each student is given a question card about routine activities. The students' task is to find out the answer to the question on their card by speaking to everybody in the class. Students go around the class asking and answering their questions and noting down their classmates' responses. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out. As an extension, the students write the information they have gathered on a poster to be displayed in the classroom.
 

Just a Normal Day

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this insightful present simple questions activity, students ask and answer 'Wh' questions about daily routines. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. In pairs, students take it in turns to interview their partner about their daily routine and write their answers on the worksheet. When both students have finished, they compare their daily routines and look for similarities and differences. Pairs then take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out. As an extension, students write a paragraph about their partner's daily routine in the present simple.
 

Likewise

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

This memorable present simple questions activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer 'Wh' questions about habits and routines. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing present simple sentences on the worksheet about their habits and routine, e.g. 'In the evening, I usually watch TV at home'. The students then work in pairs and write down present simple 'Wh' questions that correspond to the sentences they wrote, e.g. 'What do you usually do in the evening?' Students write the questions under their sentences. When the students have finished writing, they go around the classroom asking and answering their questions. When a student finds someone with the same answer, the student says 'Likewise'. The two students then write each other's name in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students discuss their findings with the class.
 

Put it together

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this present simple discussion activity, students practice asking and answering 'Wh' questions with the 'verb to be' and 'do'. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of question cards. The students take it in turns to take a card and ask the other students in the group a present simple 'Wh' question by adding do, does or the verb to be to the question on the card. The other students then respond in turn. Students are encouraged to ask for and give as much information as possible by asking follow-up questions. When the question has been answered, the next student takes a card and so on. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.
 

True or False Board Game

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this amusing present simple questions board game, students practice asking and answering 'Wh' questions about daily routines and habits. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a set of true and false cards, a dice and counters. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student on their right mixes up the true and false cards face down. The player then picks a card and looks at it without showing anyone. The student on their right then asks the player a present simple 'Wh' question from the prompt on the square, and the player gives a true or false answer in sentence form, according to the instructions on the card. If a player lands on a question mark square, the student on the right can ask any present simple 'Wh' question they like. All the students, including the one that asked the question, guess whether the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. Each student receives one point for a correct guess. Then, the next player rolls the dice and so on. When someone reaches the finish, the game ends and the points are added up. The student with the most points wins the game.
 

Mistakes, Mistakes

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this insightful present simple questions activity, students correct mistakes in third-person singular 'Wh' questions. Students then use the questions to interview a partner about a friend's habits and routine. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, the students find six mistakes in the questions on their worksheet and correct them. The students then take it in turns to check their corrections with their partner who has the answer key. After the questions have been checked, students interview each other using the questions on their worksheet. Student A thinks about a male friend and answers Student B’s questions about this friend. Student B thinks of a female friend and answers Student A’s questions about this friend. Students can also choose a family member if they wish. Afterwards, students tell the class about their partner's friend.
 

Question Time

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Game - Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 45 minutes

Here is a fast-paced present simple questions game to help students practice making 'Wh' questions. In groups of three or four, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask as many present simple 'Wh' questions as they can about the topic on the card in two minutes. Students ask their questions to the other group members in turn. Students win a point for each correctly formed present simple 'Wh' question they ask relating to the topic. Each question must be answered by a group member before the student can ask another question. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. This game can also be used to practice other question forms, e.g. past simple yes/no questions, questions with 'going to', etc.
 
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